Totally Legit Recap is a series of irreverent videos by YouTuber DWK. They fall somewhere between an Abridged Series and a review/analysis series of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, with a focus on raunchy meta humor that would make Deadpool proud, mixed with the occasionally surprisingly insightful analysis, Self-Deprecation, and DWK drooling over his waifus. The series began with Season 6 of Friendship Is Magic, and has just spiraled from there.
The series can be found here. Initially, DWK did every single episode, and mostly in order. However, toward the end of Season 7, he began falling behind, and eventually began just doing whichever episodes struck his fancy, with no particular order or pattern to them.
After an unannounced hiatus that lasted over a year, DWK officially cancelled the series, owing to Friendship Is Magic ending in 2019 and a number of real-life personal issues. He would eventually resurface as Tonkatsu Sinclair, an Affectionate Parody of a Virtual YouTuber.
Okay. *Cracks beer open* So. These are the fucked-up tropes in this shitshow:
- Abusive Parents:
- Trixie reveals her father was emotionally abusive to her and he may have been molesting her sister.
- Rarity's landlord in "Saddle Row Review" threatened to sell his own daughter into prostitution, if the Mane Six didn't move his drug shipment.
- Chrysalis takes the cake; she forced Stevenote to cross-dress and raped him repeatedly just cuz, and according to him at least a few of his "siblings" are technically also his kids as a result.
- Steve's brother Franknote fared no better under her either as according to Steve, she also hit them both with constant verbal abuse to the point to making them both inflict self-harm.
- Acceptable Targets: DWK really hates Zipporwhirl, considering her annoying. Her introductory episode has her die horribly off-screen, and a few cut away gags have Zipporwhirl randomly being killed.
- Adaptational Jerkass: Due to DWK's style, everyone. Starlight Glimmer in particular is portrayed as an autistic, depressed, perverted alcoholic who turns her friends into her sex slaves on a whim.
- Adaptational Sexuality: Starlight Glimmer and Trixie didn't have any explicit sexual orientation in canon. Here, they are lesbians and in a relationship.
- Adaptational Villainy:
- Though still more or less a good pony, Twilight is more open to extreme solutions, like threatening to have Starlight brainwash her friend, if she cannot get past her personal issues.
- The first episode reveals that Shining Armor (with help from Twilight) made a Deal with the Devil to make Princess Candace love him.
- Rarity's landlord in "Saddle Row Review" is also a drug dealer, who extorts the Mane Six into helping him move a bunch of pills, under threat of selling his own daughter into prostitution.
- Fleetfoot is turned from a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, into an Ax-Crazy Jerkass and sexual deviant/rapist, who threatens to skin anypony that bothers her.
- The Wonderbolts as a whole are transformed from group of flawed, but well meaning stunt ponies/soldiers, into just a bunch of jerkasses.
- Even Queen Chrysalis of all ponies/changelings gets this, after Thorax/Steve reveals that she sexually abused him. Pharynx/Frank didn't fare any better either.
- Adaptation Name Change: Thorax's name has been changed to Steve, because unfortunately the name Thorax is too cool for him. His brother Pharynx has his name changed to Frank because it's too bothersome to pronounce and it's not even bug-related.
- Affectionate Nickname: The Narrator/DWK has these for several of the characters, like Twiggles, Twiggy, or Twigs for Twilight; Glimmy/Glim or Glam for Starlight; Butter Ball, Fluttershush, Butters, and Quiet Yellow for Fluttershy; Ponkers for Pinkie; Sweetie B. for Sweetie Belle; Magician Horse or Triscuit for Trixie; and Candy for Cadance.
- The Alcoholic: Pretty much every character, including DWK, who even claims that he actually records his videos drunk. DWK has also recorded a few rants that have been left mostly unedited, where he can be heard lighting up a bong and drinking beer.
- All Men Are Perverts: Sunburst, Spike, Zephyr Breeze, Discord, and pretty much everyone else, too.
- All Women Are Lustful: The female cast gets just as many jokes about masturbation and wanting to get laid as the male cast. Even Maud sticks her rock-boyfriend in her vagina.
- Alternate Aesop Interpretation:
- Many of the morals are shifted to relate more to the adult male fanbase of the show than the children who watch the real thing, and also reflect the idea that cynicism solves nothing.
- "P.P.O.V. (Pony Point of View)" dispenses with the explanation for why the boat sank, saying it's not important why it sank. The real message is that friends aren't people who never make you angry; they're people you love despite sometimes making you angry.
- "To Where and Back Again Part 2" has Luna tell Starlight Glimmer that "the only one who doubted you was yourself, so fucking stop that shit."
- "Rock Solid Friendship" says We All Die Someday, so we might as well enjoy the time we have.
- "Honest Apple" is more about not ruining someone else's good time than it is about what you choose to do with yourself.
- "Discordant Harmony" says that there is no such thing as normal. In fact, being quirky and weird can often be the coolest thing about a person. The key is that you can't be a jerk about it.
- "The Maud Couple" is about how you don't get any say in who your siblings like for their significant others. Even if you don't like them, you aren't getting the whole story, so suck it up and take it for the sake of your family.
- DWK applies this to Equestria Girls by saying the moral is "age and maturity are two different things."
- Many of the morals are shifted to relate more to the adult male fanbase of the show than the children who watch the real thing, and also reflect the idea that cynicism solves nothing.
- Alternative Character Interpretation: Invoked by DWK, who has many:
- His reason to explain Twilight's sudden attraction to a guy in Equestria Girls is because the EQ universe (at least in his eyes) is just like one of those animes where all teenagers are horny and depraved, just in English and with smaller breasts (to his relief and disappointment, respectively). Twilight suddenly being thrust into such a body with all those hormones has thus thrown her mind and instincts out of whack.
- He also points out that, unlike say Starlight who had a long-term goal and genuinely believed her ideology was the best, Sunset Shimmer seemed more just angry and didn't seem to have any sort of long-term plan, which he has interpreted as her just being a rebellious girl lashing out at her parental figure (Celestia).
- He believes instead of Trixie coincidentally wanting the same guitar as Rainbow Dash in the Rainbow Rocks shorts, she was really just waiting there to cause a fight to work out her own issues.
- Analysis Channel: This is more of a comedy series, and DWK would be the first to insist he's not an analyst. But his commentaries have enough genuinely interesting insight that people frequently treat him like an analyst anyway.
- And I Must Scream: Rarity in "Every Little Thing She Does" is really this, showing her banging on her own eyes as she's watching her own mind-controlled body.
- Armor-Piercing Question:
- In "28 Pranks Later", after the rest of the town pulls a pretty harsh prank on Rainbow Dash, that involves making her think she killed everyone she'd ever cared about to teach her a lesson about acting out of character, she asks them if doing that was out of character for them. Cue horrifying realization.
- After Maud tries to kill herself, instead of letting other ponies get close to her:Maud: I decided to end my life, rather than undertake the monumental task of salvaging it.
Pinkie: But you're gonna die anyway?
Maud: Obviously, what's your point?
Pinkie: My point is that if death is certain anyway, then what's the harm in trying to live a little longer? At the very worst, you'll still end up dead like you wanted, but at best you might actually be happy.
- Art Evolution: The series initially used still images or clips taken out of context. As the series went on, the characters began to have their lip flaps match DWK's speech.
- Artistic License Music: DWK points out that there are enough inconsistencies with real instruments in Rainbow Rocks to fill up the entire video. After pointing them out for the first couple examples, he decides not to bother anymore.
- Ass Shove:
- Twilight apparently keeps the solutions to magical problems literally in her ass.
- In S6 E21, Fluttershy mentions finding a Trapdoor Spider in her "backdoor". Starlight confirms she was the one to put it there.
- Episode 22 has Twilight threaten to send the ponies who piss her off to the dungeon so they can be Starlight's personal butt-slaves for a week.
- Starlight threatens to do this to the tiny ballerina version of Twilight in "A Royal Problem" if Twilight doesn't shut up.
- Rainbow Dash does this to Discord in "Best Gift Ever" once he turns into a candle.
- As You Know: Parodied.
- He says this word-for-word when the Crystal Heart is destroyed in Season 6 Episode 1, but then goes on to explain a concept that no-one in the audience could've even expected, especially since the episode had more or less been a straight recap before that.
- He does this in several episodes, either having the characters lean on the fourth wall by bringing up the possibility of "having an expository conversation", or by Starlight questioning why everyone is acting like she doesn't know stuff.
- In the "Pony Point of View" recap, Twilight has to give off a lot of expository dialogue to summon the exposition train to the train station.
- While teaching flying class in "Top Bolt", Twilight only gives a very generic description of how to fly, such as the fact that a pegasus needs to flap their wings until they want to stop flying.
- Ate His Gun: A common Freeze-Frame Bonus, especially as a Lame Pun Reaction, is a picture of Rainbow Dash shooting herself in the mouth with a large magnum.
- Author Appeal:
- DWK loves rap music. He has Discord spit a few bars to distract some changelings, and invokes a new dance move with the "Twigly Wiggle" after Twilight learns how to walk in Equestria Girls. The episode "Horse Play" is done entirely as a rap music video.
- DWK really likes characters who go through a redemption arc, which is why he likes Sunset Shimmer and Starlight Glimmer so much.
- Author Filibuster:
- Once in a while, DWK will break off his narration to discuss a topic he cares about. The entirety of Season 6, Episode 17 is one of these, with DWK explaining in excruciating detail why he doesn't like Discord's character, saying his redemption arc is unbelievable.
- He did two of these, one for Sunset Shimmer and one for Starlight Glimmer (the "Shimcast" and "Glimcast", respectively), spending a good twenty minutes on each of them explaining why he likes them so much.
- Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: On very rare occasions, we get to see the characters genuinely getting along and reminding us that despite their issues, they're all just as much friends here as they are in canon.
- Sunset Shimmer is portrayed as notably more unhinged, even allegedly stabbing Rainbow Dash, so she would not be able to meet Applejack for their date — we mean, bake sale — and her first instinct on meeting the villains of the second movie is to bash their skulls in with a pipe, since she doesn't have magic at the moment.
- Fleetfoot is shown making a series of bizarre threats in "Parental Glideance" to anyone who even mildly annoys her. She threatens Rainbow Dash's dad that she'll bite his face off and wear it to scare children after he interrupted flight practice.
- Badass Baritone: Flurry Heart of all ponies, thanks to Shining making Deal with the Devil to get her mother to marry him.
- Became Their Own Antithesis: After pulling the zombie prank on Rainbow Dash to get back at her for her earlier actions and the even bigger crime of acting out of character, she calls them out on their hypocrisy, pointing out that not only have they sunk to her level, but were acting out of character themselves! Cue horrifying realization.
- Berserk Button: DWK's is people complaining that Starlight Glimmer and/or Sunset Shimmer's redemption arcs were rushed or unrealistic. According to DWK, he had to go through a similar transformation after being called out on acting like "a grade-A asshole douchebag," and had to fundamentally change who he was virtually overnight, like Starlight and Sunset did in their own stories.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: In the Rainbow Rocks recap, Fluttershy quietly speaks about her plans to go on a school shooting, and thinks Murder Is the Best Solution when it comes to dealing with the Sirens.Twilight: Well, that was a noodle incident. Who's got a Plan B?
Fluttershy: [pulls out a gun] I do!
Rarity: Fluttershy! Get rid of that thing! It's only a matter of time before you kill someone with it!
Fluttershy: [quietly] It was always a matter of time, Rarity.
- Big, Screwed-Up Family:
- Maud claims her and Pinkie's family is this, and it's one the reason she wants to cut herself off from civilization.Maud: Pinkie, look at our family's track record with offspring; I know we call our business a rock farm, but it would be more accurate to call it a personality disorder farm. Because that's the only thing we actually produce. It's better if I don't have biological offspring and I'll be happy with my rock children.
- Also heavily implied with the Apple family:Apple Bloom: Just beat her with a shovel and make her sleep outside for a night. That's how we do it in the farm.
- Maud claims her and Pinkie's family is this, and it's one the reason she wants to cut herself off from civilization.
- Black Comedy: There have been jokes about such lovely subjects as alcoholism, drug abuse, sexual abuse, suicide, brainwashing, and demonic possession.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter:
- Twilight believes this is the reason The Humane Five were so easily torn apart and refused to work things out. Also, why the other alicorns didn't want to come to the EQG universe personally.
- Alternate Character Interpretation of Sunset Shimmer paints her this way. He sees her as someone without any sort of master plan, instead suggesting that she's just really angry at her parental figure, and all of the first Equestria Girls movie is a teenage rebellion gone way out of control. DWK's
- BrotherSister Incest: Occasionally alluded to, between both Applejack and Big Mac and Twilight and Shining Armor, but never outright stated.
- Brutal Honesty: One part of DWK's style — every character tends to be so blunt, they'd likely be slapped in real life. Taken to its logical extreme with Maud in Season 6 Episode 3: she's so blunt that she can make anyone feel like a horrible failure in a few words.Maud: You're a sleazy street-grifter with obvious hormonal deficiencies who cons people out of things that bring them joy amidst this nightmarish imprisonment in flesh we call existence. There's nothing I could do that would make your life worse, you absolute abortion of a person.
- Cargo Ship: Made to occur in-universe and taken to the extreme with Maud, who tries to marry her Imaginary Friend, Boulder, and move to a desolate canyon, to take care of their "children", because she's too scared of interacting with other ponies and would rather just delude herself into thinking she was happy settling down with nothing but rocks in her life.
- "So...!" and "Anyways...!", which accompany the Scene Transitions.
- Rarity usually prefaces her sentences with "Darling, bro" or some variation.
- Conspiracy Theorist: When looking up information on the chupapplecabra on the internet, Applejack dives headfirst into these.Applejack: Our entire reality, even our thoughts and voices, is an animated simulation created by interdimensional puppeteers called Canadians!
- Contrived Coincidence: Lampshaded when Starlight calls shenanigans on just how contrived it is that her childhood friend who Twilight says she is supposed to go reconnect with just so happens to be living in The Crystal Empire when Twilight is going there for a visit. Twilight warns her not to question these plot conveniences or she will fuck her up.
- Country Matters: The Equestria Girls version of Fluttershy describes Sunset Shimmer summarily by calling her a cunt.
- Crack Pairing: He speculates that Zesty Gourmand is the offspring of Lord Voldemort and Tilda Swinton who somehow fell through the portal to Equestria. For the rest of the episode, he calls her Tildamort.
- Creepy Child: Played for Laughs with Flurry Heart, do to owing her existence in part to a Deal with the Devil her father made, her soul has been tainted with demonic forces, giving her surprising amount of self awareness and an even more surprising deep voice for a baby.
- Creepy Cute:
- Flurry Heart as stated above
- In "A Hearth's Warming Tale", The Ghost of Hearth's Warming Yet to Come is described as "horrifying Eldritch Abomination with the head of a waifu."
- Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: Fleetfoot makes a series of bizarre threats in the recap for "Parental Glideance", such as telling Rainbow Dash that she'll "make a suit out of your parents' skin and fuck you while wearing it."
- The Cynic: DWK and by extension, pretty much the whole cast. However, it works to his advantage when he proceeds to tear apart said cynicism in the cast and himself.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: This is brought up a surprising amount of times by a wide variety of characters.Spike: Why does everyone we know have so many fucking interpersonal problems?
Twilight: It's because you touch yourself at night, Spike.
Spike: Dude, if that's how it worked, everyone in this town would have murdered each other years ago.
- Daydream Believer: Parodied with a dose of Black Comedy. In his videos, DWK says "As You Know, when we die, we go to Equestria," suggesting that the fastest way to get to Equestria is to kill yourself.
- Deal with the Devil: Shining Armor and Twilight apparently made one for the soul of his first born in exchange for having Princess "Candy" Cadance fall in love with him. This predictably causes problems when Flurry Heart is born...
- Death by Adaptation:
- Gladmane or "Pelvis" as DWK calls him, is stated to have committed suicide off-screen after his Engineered Public Confession in "Viva Las Pegasus" ruined his scam and destroyed his career.
- Apparently Zippoorwhill (a child) died of cranial trauma, after Rarity accidentally hit her on the head.
- In "A Matter of Principals", Starlight kills Discord instead of just banishing him. However, she brings him back to life not long afterwards.
- At the end of "Rainbow Rocks", Sonata Dusk detonates a bomb to commit suicide, and she takes fellow sirens, Adagio Dazzle and Aria Blaze, down with her.
- Desperately Craves Affection: Sunset Shimmer spends Rainbow Rocks desperately wanting a hug. She eventually gets one at the very end.
- Deus ex Machina: Lampshaded as Starlight explains the only thing Chrysalis could have never prepared for is this trope, because by its nature you can't see it coming, right before she has Steve lovecannon his mom into her throne.
- Did They or Didn't They?: To Spike's horror, Twilight sheepishly suggests that she got busy with Flash in the bathroom during the Fall Formal Dance, only to admit she was just pulling Spike's tail. Then she winks at the camera. Rarity strongly implies that they did when she says Twilight is no longer a virgin and Twilight eventually confirms it herself.
- Dirty Coward: Trixie immediately proves her true colors when things really go wrong.Trixie: [mumbling] God I fucking hate Twilight so much; I hope she gets impaled on a manticore d—.
Starlight: Dude, everyone's changelings.
Trixie: Oh my god, dude! Where's Twilight? We have to tell Twilight!
- Disappointed by the Motive: Twilight is less than impressed when Cozy Glow details what made her so evil: nothing. Cozy intended to give herself a Dark and Troubled Past to justify how evil she was by creating a tragic backstory by claiming she was corrupted by Tirek into starting a Sugar Apocalypse. After silently glaring at Cozy for a few seconds, the cast throws Cozy into a cell in Tartarus.
- Disney Acid Sequence:
- In the recap of "To Change a Changeling", after Starlight takes a hit off of a bong, most of the rest of the episode is recapped with cut-ins of scary imagery (like Starlight with eyeballs for teeth), all set to the tune of a crunk rap song.
- In "She's All Yak", Yona accidentally inhales a kilo of cocaine, then stays up all night after finding out "sleep is a disease that you can cure with drugs." She then imagines herself flying on a rocketship over various landscapes, set to the tune of "Fortune & Fame" by The K.G.B.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?:
- After Discord's magic fails to help them infiltrate the changeling hive:Discord: Look, this has never happened to me before, I swear, just hold on a minute...
Trixie: Don't worry, buddy, I think they got pills for this.
- After Thorax/Steve reveals that he disguised himself as Starlight to buy the real one more time, we have this little exchange:Thorax: Hi, Mom.
Chrysalis: Oh, Steven, I suppose it's only fitting that you returned to me disguised as a female. You never did have any balls.
- After Discord's magic fails to help them infiltrate the changeling hive:
- Downer Ending: "28 Pranks Later" ends with the entire town having an existential crisis. Played for Laughs, of course.
- Driven to Suicide: Discussed and played for laughs. Several times.
- Gladmane is stated to have killed himself by jumping off of Las Pegasus, after the gang's Engineered Public Confession destroyed his business.
- In the second part of "To Where and Back Again", when asked by Starlight if she has her show supplies, Trixie responds that she has a fog machine, strobe lights, and enough booze to kill a horse... specifically, herself, but she says she can refrain from doing that in the meantime.
- In Equestria Girls, while praising Twilight for keeping a level head despite being in a strange new world, he says that if he was in her situation, he would probably just panic, before going to the nearest bar, then jump off a bridge because he would be too young to drink.
- Later, after realizing he's analyzing My Little Pony again, DWK says he's going to have a bleach martini and a side of noose.
- In a surprising move, this is not played for laughs in the "Rock Solid Friendship" video, where Maud almost lets a Quarry Eel eat her, after becoming friends with Starlight made her realize she was deluding herself by cutting herself off from everypony but rocks — and yet she still couldn't bring herself to try and give real ponies other a chance.
- Played for drama in "Student Counsel." A pony with a raincloud cutie mark doesn't get Starlight's counseling because Starlight's too busy trying to rein in Trixie's bad behavior. Later, Silverstream remarks that the guy killed himself. This causes Starlight to have a quiet moment of resigned horror... followed by Trixie asking if anyone wants cake.
- Drowning My Sorrows: While many of the characters engage in this, the greatest example is DWK himself. He occasionally has to pause in a filibuster to chug one down, and says that it's the only thing that gets him through the day.DWK: You're talking to a guy who thinks that beer is a food group.
- Dysfunction Junction: The Mane Six, as lampshaded by the ending of "Every Little Thing She Does".Starlight: Look dudes, whatever Twilight and her stupid friendship lesson say, I know I'll probably never be a part of your clique and I'm okay with that. I mean, I'm a crazy bitch who's barely capable of casual social interaction.
Mane Six: Yep, you sure are. And that's why you fit right in.
- Easily Forgiven:
- Starlight, just like in the show proper and even lampshaded by Starlight. Though it's zigzagged somewhat, in that Twilight uses her guilt over her previous actions to keep her on track:Starlight: In what society that operates on any sort of logic whatsoever does trying to destroy life as we know it net you an apprenticeship with the leader of the free world?
Twilight: Well dude, you just answered your own question. Now that I have replaced all of Celestia's narrative impractical functionalities, this is my house and I make the rules. So, rather than turn you to stone or send you to Tartarus, you get to be my student!
Twilight: You know Starlight, let me explain something to you; you stole a bunch of innocent ponies' cutie marks and brainwashed them into rejecting everything that made them special, but I thought "hey everyone makes mistakes". Then you tried to do the same thing to me and my friends, but I said "You know what, she's a troubled individual and I can help her." Then you tried to destroy everything I've ever worked for and damn me and everyone I love to miserable shadows of the lives we have earned for ourselves, and I gave you a pass on that. I've put up with a lot of your shit, but if you question my plot conveniences, I will fuck you up. OK? OK.
- In "Saddle Row Review", the Mane Six (minus Rarity) are taken into police interrogation for their part in a drug ring. Luckily since this is Equestria, they are free to go as long as they promise the police they won't do it again.
- Starlight, just like in the show proper and even lampshaded by Starlight. Though it's zigzagged somewhat, in that Twilight uses her guilt over her previous actions to keep her on track:
- Eldritch Abomination:
- The "Old Gods" are mentioned several times. They seem to be near-omnipotent beings who will do whatever you want — in exchange for your soul.
- In A Hearth's Warming Tail, The Ghost of Hearth's Warming Yet to Come is described as being this with the head of a waifu.
- Erudite Stoner: DWK comes across as this during his more serious moments. He even uses Tree Hugger as his Author Avatar, who already has a common Alternate Character Interpretation as being a stoner.
- Everyone Can See It:
- Applejack and Rarity want each other bad in Rainbow Rocks. Pinkie gets so frustrated watching them that she screams "Just fuck!"
- Applejack's entire family (and Luna) knows that she's into Rainbow Dash, which AJ herself refuses to admit.
- Everyone Has Standards: As much as everyone in the cast is messed up during Rainbow Rocks, Trixie gets disqualified from WaifuFest because she downloaded loli porn. Later, Sunset finds it the only kind of porn that's unacceptable.
- Fanservice: Invoked by Luna, who claims her and Celestia only showed up during Flurry Heart's birthday to please bronies.
- Forced Meme: Invoked in Buckball Season, when Rainbow Dash (World Champion of Meme Faces) tells Fluttershy that meme faces are more important to the game than actually knowing how to play.
- "Freaky Friday" Flip: Celestia and Luna have one in "A Royal Problem". Whether Voices Are Mental or not is impossible to determine as they (and most of the other characters, for that matter) share the same voice.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus:
- Freudian Excuse:
Trixie: You sound just like my dad: You're not good at anything, Trixie. You're not pretty enough, Trixie. You don't get special hugs and massages like your sister does, Trixie!
- Trixie reveals that she has some serious Parental Issues which may have given her a Inferiority Superiority Complex.
- Human Trixie counterpart fares no better. She downloaded two terabytes of loli porn onto the school's computers because it reminded her of her childhood, suggesting that she has Parental Issues of her own.
- In "School Raze", Cozy Glow's Freudian Excuse is that she doesn't have a Freudian Excuse. She wanted to be a villain with a Dark and Troubled Past, but Equestria is such a Sugar Bowl that she never got to have one. So Cozy intended to create a tragic backstory with a Sugar Apocalypse and blame it all on Tirek corrupting her, thus giving her the "ultimate" tragic backstory. Everyone else is less than impressed when Cozy lays this out.
- Fridge Brilliance: The Narrator points out that, if you believe his Alternate Character Interpretation of Sunset Shimmer — that she's a Spoiled Brat rebelling against her parental figure — setting Equestria Girls in a high school actually makes sense.
- Fridge Horror:
- The narrator points out that since Sunset Shimmer is more than likely older than Twilight and the others (who are definitely adults), then Sunset must be very messed up to relish in picking on high-school students.
- In "The Crystalling Part 2", Twilight Sparkle says that as an alicorn, she's probably immortal.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Starlight is treated as this among the Mane Six, sans Twilight and Spike. At one point, Fluttershy of all ponies outright says nobody likes her. They do, however, quickly reassure her that her crippling array of personality disorders makes her fit right in with their circle of friends.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Celestia used to be one in college, if "A Royal Problem" is any indication. Daybreaker still acts this way, telling Celestia to ditch Luna and start acting more "alpha".
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Twilight, to an extent, as she's quick to threaten bodily harm when annoyed that others aren't taking her friendship lessons to heart. DWK maintains that she just knows the value of a good bitch-slap when people are acting up.
- Hidden Depths:
- Hidden deep under DWK/the narrator's cynical, snarky, perverted, crude, and alcoholic personality lies a surprisingly insightful fan who has a great appreciation for the show, its morals, and characters, even if he loves to poke fun at them. The narrator is also shown to have some deeply rooted personal issues and cynicism, as noted in his recap of "Flutter Brutter", where Zephyr Breeze's personality and character flaws really hit close to home for him. "A Health of Information" shows that he has a good grasp and really cares a lot about proper rhyming. And then there is his in-depth fashion analysis of the Sirens in Rainbow Rocks.
- Twilight makes it clear that deep down, she still wants to do the right thing and help everypony, even if her methods can be... questionable.
- Scootaloo is implied to be one of the more insightful characters and is definitely wiser than her big sister figure Rainbow Dash.Scootaloo: [to Apple Bloom, after she starts to think they're growing apart] Dude, we just want to have hobbies. What's the big deal?.
Apple Bloom: But I don't like change.
Scootaloo: Dude. Apple Bloom, life changes all the time and you just have to deal with it you know. I mean, if you can't cope with change, your life is just going to be a waking nightmare of constant dread, as you wonder whether or not today will be the one that shatters your fragile illusion of a status quo, you'll be a reclusive nervious wreck of a person and that kind of life's not worth living. Also having hobbies is neat.
Rainbow: Brah, you don't fucking get it, I've been dealing with this shit my entire life. When something's been bothering you since you were a kid, it can be really hard to be cool about it, because it puts you back in that headspace from when you were young and confused about your feelings.
Scootaloo: No man, I do get it. Most people have an elaborate interconnected web of bullshit with their parents that spans a life time and I guess it's not fair for an outsider to come bursting in and making judgements, but part of becoming an adult is processing those clusterfucks of poorly defined emotion you had as a kid and dealing with them in a constructive manner.
Rainbow: Jesus Christ man! You're like twelve man, how are you saying all these psychologist words?
Scootaloo: Because this is the part of the video where this pretensious pseudo-intellectual faggot does the oh so deep life lesson bit, and I'm the only other character in this scene, now shut the fuck up.
- Starlight apparently has a successful hip-hop career on the side.
- Hormone-Addled Teenager: The Equestria Girls movies have Twilight struggling with this. DWK as the narrator goes into how Twilight is apparently fighting off massive hormonal urges while she's a human. It's also implied she couldn't resist forever, as jokes about her sleeping with Brad abound after the first movie's recap.
- I'm Standing Right Here: According to everyone, Pinkie died stopping Twilight's rogue pudding in "Best Gift Ever". Pinkie objects at first, but then realizes nobody's acknowledging her and she's probably a ghost.
- Idiot Ball: Twilight and Spike share a "Common Sense Switch" between them, and whoever it's flipped on towards will be the rational one for the episode while the other's dumb ideas will drive the plot. Most clearly seen when Twilight attempts to babysit while running a bunch of errands, including visiting a hospital of sick children, and going through all the trouble of winning back her stolen crown instead of just taking it back (albeit with a belated justification), all over Spike's consistent and rational objections. "Celestial Advice" even shows that they change the switch at will, and apparently just take turns with it.
- I Hate Past Me: In "A Royal Problem", Daybreaker represents Celestia's old Facebook account from when she was in college. Naturally, Celestia hates all of the things she posted back when she did keg stands every night.
- Immediate Self-Contradiction: Trixie in To Where And Back AgainTrixie: [mumbling] God I fucking hate Twilight so much; I hope she gets impaled on a manticore d—.
Starlight: Dude, everyone's changelings.
Trixie: Oh my god! Where's Twilight? We have to tell Twilight!
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: At the end of the recap for "The Mean 6", DWK notes that Chrysalis always seems to fail at everything she tries and that she blames everything on other people, calling her "the villainous equivalent of an incel."
- Insult Backfire: "Common Ground" has Rainbow Dash call out Quibble Pants for not physically disciplining Wind Sprint out of fear of Clear Sky — Sprint's mother — leaving him. Her exact insult is to call him a "pussy whipped-ass motherfucker". Quibble's response?Quibble Pants: HEY! If the pussy's whipping me, at least that means it's touching me!
- The Internet Is for Porn: Discussed in "Celestial Advice". After Celestia says "There is no wrong way to fantasize," DWK mocks people who say things like "she hasn't seen my porn folder," saying that they're not the raging perverts that they think they are.
- Invisible Parents: Conversed by Sunset when the Sirens take over and none of the five girls know anything about who or where their parents are. It would have also fallen under There Are No Adults if Celestia, Luna, Cranky, the Cake family, and that one traffic cop weren't also shown.
- Irony: In Equestria Girls, Twilight points out that, despite being a borderline misanthrope only a few months prior, she is now the Princess of Friendship, or as she puts it, the princess of caring about other people's problems.
- It's All About Me: The narrator/DWK states this as the reason he could never get into post-HeelFace Turn Discord, like he did with Sunset Shimmer and Starlight Glimmer. More specifically, while the latter two are shown to be actively trying to become better people/ponies for its own sake and slowly but surely shown becoming progressively nicer, Discord continues to act like a smug Jerkass and only feels sorry or admits he's at fault when his actions risk damaging his personal relationships.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
- Despite her willingness to resort to extreme solutions and her more skewed idea of morality, at the end of the day, Twilight still generally wants to do the right thing.
- Pretty much every character is this to varying degrees.
- Jump Scare: In the recap for "She's All Yak," Pinkie says that she's never getting married, because "that would be dumb". The camera slowly zooms in on Pinkie's face as the screen becomes more desaturated. All of a sudden, there's a static scream with Pinkie's face turned blood red in the background, overlayed with text about how the gods will come to claim your waifus.
- Knight in Sour Armor: DWK himself. As with Hidden Depths above, the morals of most of the more serious episodes are kept intact and even expanded on, the themes of redemption and self improvement are always at the forefront, and he has very little patience for the more amoral characters like Discord. This is of course well hidden under profanity, sex jokes and the Character Exaggeration of everyone's flaws, but is still fairly obvious.
- Likes Older Women:
- In "The Crystalling - Part 2", he points out an elderly female pony who looks 70 but sounds like she's 20. Followed by a picture of a male pony with the caption "That is my fetish."
- After considering whether or not Cheerilee's older than the Mane Six, DWK says if she is, it makes the fact that she wore a cheerleader outfit to a the cart race even hotter.
- He also considers Rainbow's mom a MILF. Though as he points out immediately afterwards, since most of the female ponies, including her, are just Palette Swaps of each other with minor alterations, her age really doesn't factor in that much.
- Literal Metaphor: In "Student Counsel", after Silverstream goes missing, Starlight concludes that she overheard her and Trixie talking about drugs, and thus if she's been looking for cockatrices, it is... to get stoned.
- Longing for Fictionland: DWK seems to wish he lived in Equestria. One of his many captions stated that one of the reason he drinks so much is because he doesn't live there.
- Loophole Abuse: When Twilight tries to scold Spike for following her through the portal despite Celestia telling them nobody else was allowed to, he uses the fact that he was somehow turned into a dog instead of a person as justification, since he's apparently not considered a person.
- Love Hurts:
- A life lesson DWK points out often is that loved ones, romantic, platonic, and familial, can and will hurt you, or you might hurt them, without meaning to.
- DWK has a field day with Marble being heartbroken over Big Mac's new relationship with Sugar Belle.DWK: This is not "oh, I thought that guy was cute, but he's got a girlfriend, dang it." This is "my quiet, sheltered little ass fell in love with this dude the moment I saw him, and the elaborate fantasy of our romance, marriage, and subsequent conjugation I've been meticulously constructing in my mind for the past few years has just been shattered, and my heart impaled upon its fragments."
- Male Gaze:
- DWK is constantly distracted whenever a new waifu is introduced, most notably Sunset Shimmer, who causes him to stop the video and describe everything he likes about her.
- He's also briefly entranced after seeing Cheerilee in a cheerleader outfit.
- After commenting on what a MILF Windy Whistles is, DWK stutters as the camera slowly zooms in on her butt.
- Manipulative Editing: In the intro to the recap for "Horse Play", DWK uses sentence mixing to make Starlight say "imagine blowing your sweaty, sweaty princess."
- Medium-Shift Gag: Applejack goes on a rant about the Flim-Flam brothers' crappy, mass-produced dolls, ending with her and Fluttershy being represented by their toy counterparts while the latter feels cognitive dissonance.
- Mercy Kill: Fluttershy offers to do this for Zecora, after the latter contracts swamp herpes. Luckily, she doesn't have to.
- The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: Twilight's sudden infatuation with a boy she just met in Equestria Girls is explained as the result of her now inhabiting a hormonal teenage anime body, and that it's taking all her mental strength to not totally jump Flash's bones. Wasn't strong enough, it turns out.
- Mistaken for Pedophile: Twice in "School Raze".
- Twilight immediately jumps to this conclusion when Tirek tells the gang he's been pen pals with Cozy Glow for about a year, with Tirek angrily stating they just talked about being evil and stuff. Twilight replies it's not that hard to assume this considering how Tirek looks.
- Cozy Glow claims Neighsay molested her to turn the entire school against him.
- Mistaken for Racist: In "A Matter of Principals", everyone accuses Twilight of being racist for pairing two birdlike creatures. It escalates to the point the entire teaching staff gets sent to sensitivity training.
- Mood-Swinger: Princess Luna goes between being friendly and caring towards Starlight to almost cussing her out during their meetings in the season 6 finale. According to her, this is because of the stress of having to deal with ponies in the dream world every night.Luna: If I can go one night without seeing someone fuck their own mom, it's a good one in my book.
- Morality Pet: Being friends with Starlight is what gave Trixie the courage and drive to go from only caring about herself to willing to perform a Heroic Sacrifice to save the day.
- Murder Is the Best Solution: Human Fluttershy in Rainbow Rocks part 2 is really itching to start a school shooting as the solution to all their problems.
- Mushroom Samba: Vinyl Scratch is really on one of these in the Rainbow Rocks Short "Music for My Ears".
- Musical Episode: "Horse Play" is almost entirely composed of a rap song that recaps the episode.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Starlight, at the end of "Student Counsel," when she learns that a student she forgot to give counseling to committed suicide.
- Negated Moment of Awesome: In the climax of Rainbow Rocks, the Rainbooms get all set for a big climactic battle with the Sirens. However, Sonata Dusk blows up the stage before that can happen, killing all of the Sirens and making it unnecessary.
- Nice Guy: DWK admires Spike for being this, in spite of the lack of respect he is given and even claims that he envies Spike's ability to take things in stride and always be there for his friends.
- "No. Just... No" Reaction: DWK initially thinks Stellar Flare is a milf, but after her attitude and voice reminds DWK of his own mother, he immediately gets turned off.
- Not Quite Dead: Zigzagged. In "Best Gift Ever", Pinkie apparently commits a Heroic Sacrifice to stop the pudding meme, but she's fine. Later on at the after-party, the rest of the cast all act like Pinkie is dead, even though she's right there in the same room. This leads to Pinkie wondering if she's actually dead.
- "Not So Different" Remark: Maud points out that she and Rarity are both ponies who put their work ahead of finding somepony to settle down with. Rarity is understandably disturbed by this notion.
- N-Word Privileges: DWK will sometimes have the characters drop the n-word in his videos. Whether he has n-word privileges in real life is unknown, since he's stated that he'll never do a face reveal.
- When Spike attempts to leave in "Gauntlet of Fire", Dragon Lord Torch asks "Did I say you could leave, nigga?"
- Discussed in "Student Counsel". Silverstream asks Starlight if it's okay to say the n-word while singing along to a rap song, since "[she's] not technically saying it at anyone." Starlight gets interrupted by Trixie before she can respond.
- Obviously Evil: Lampshaded with the Dazzlings when they introduce themselves to Sunset in a blatantly menacing manner. Sonata calls out Adagio on how unnecessary it was while Adagio defends it on the grounds that it makes for good foreshadowing. Sonata doesn't buy it, pointing out the Sirens were already established as the villains so further foreshadowing is pointless.
- Official Couple: Starlight and Trixie. DWK even backs it up with Trixie's line "The Starlight I love is passionate."
- Older Than They Look: Despite still technically being a "baby" dragon, Spike is revealed to be considered a legal adult by Equestrian standards and even engages in some the more risque actions the other characters partake in.
- Once Done, Never Forgotten: In the recap for "The Parent Map", after analyzing the contents of Starlight's old room, DWK comes to the conclusion that Starlight was once really into Black Metal, but now regrets it.
- Palette Swap: Discussed. While admitting that Dash's mom is a total MILF, DWK notes that females use the same character model with few exceptions throughout the show, so "whenever we get in our little arguments about which one is the cutest, we're literally just fighting over over color schemes, hairdos and the occasional difference in eye shape."
- Precision F-Strike: At least Once per Episode.
- Proud Beauty: Deconstructed in "She's All Yak". Rarity loves how good she looks, but she also details the hell she puts her body through to look so good. Rarity tells Yona that she can never have carbs, never fart, do multiple hours of cardio a day, and multiple hours of hair and make-up to look so fabulous. Exaggerated when Rarity tells Yona that Sassy Saddles is ninety percent silicone, but somehow is still alive because of her sheer willpower to look fabulous.
- Quit Your Whining: Spike tells Twilight to shut up when she whines about her insecurities to him, because as he put it: when people as happy and successful as her feel insecure, they're basically spitting on those beneath them.
- Real Men Wear Pink: DWK of course, if much to his annoyance, loves My Little Pony and even heavily implies he collects some of the dolls. Also, his first instinct on seeing the Dazzlings in their standard outfits is to critique their choices in fashion.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: DWK respects Dragon Lord Torch for being this and the most badass-looking dragon, and even argues that he deserves to stay in power over any other dragon.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
- Maud gives one to the sleazy guy who conned her sister out her cannon:Maud: That belongs to my sister, give it back.
Guy: Oh yeah, what you gonna do about it?
Maud: Nothing, you're a sleazy street grifter with obvious hormonal deficiencies who cons people out of things that bring them joy amidst this nightmarish imprisonment of flesh we call existence. There is nothing I can do that would make your life worse, you absolute abortion of a person.
- DWK gives a couple to Sweetie Belle in "On Your Marks" for... being optimistic and confident about her life, instead of a miserable pessimist:DWK: You know she's thinking like I'm not good at this, but I'm gonna keep trying until I get better and it's going to be so much fun. you fucking tiny horses with your relentless positivity and your self-esteem, just try it once, fail, quit forever, and feel ashamed like a normal person.
Sweetie Belle: You don't have to be good at something to have fun.
DWK: And I'm like, no goddammit Sweetie Belle, you don't have to be good at something to have fun, you have some kind of weird inherent sense of self-worth and confidence, normal people don't have that, if I'm not good at something, I fucking hate myself.
- The CMC give one to the adults for ruining the elementary school cart race:CMC: You know what?, fuck you guys! We just asked for your help, so we could have some fun and you made it about you. It's always about you guys, you're a bunch of self-important control freaks and you fucked up everyone's day, because you can't contain your massive egos.
- Apple Bloom calmly and politely points out how incompetent as parents a couple her and the rest of the CMC were hired help are in "The Fault in Our Cutie Marks" (not even counting that they go to twelve year olds for parenting advice):Apple Bloom: Dude, have you ever like, met your daughter?
Father: What do you mean?
Apple Bloom: Oh, I don't know, I mean I'm an orphan myself, so what do I know. Right? But generally I get this impression that when people have kids, sometimes they, you know, talk to them. Like "hey, child I gave birth to, what's going on with you? Got any hobbies?" Crazy as it sounds, some of these people - they're called parents by the way - um, actually do this on a regular basis so that when the child say, I don't know, goes through some kind of personal rite of passage that essentially determines what she's gonna be doing for the rest of her life, they can be like "oh hey, congrats on being good at that thing that you like that we totally know about." Now, I'm not knocking you guys or anything, I'm sure you've got lots of dinner parties, wine tastings, and school reunions to go to. And I mean priorities, am I right? But can you recall maybe ever having a passing conversation with your daughter that didn't revolve around who's taking care of her for the evening?
Sweetie Belle: To put that more succinctly, you're shitty people.
Apple Bloom: That's what I was going for.
- DWK gives one to Trixie, after she immediately starts acting like a coward during "To Where and Back Again" from finding out about the changelings.DWK: Oh Trixie, you talk such a big game and act like such a badass, but when shit gets real you scream like a little girl and toss away your last shred of dignity like a used prophylactic. No wonder you wanted to kill yourself after having one fight with Starlight. You literally have nothing else.
- Twilight gives one to Sunset Shimmer at the end of Equestria Girls, while also trying to talk her down:Twilight: Dude, Shims. You need to grow up man, this is fucking retarded and you know it.
Sunset: But I am grown-up Twilight, that's why it's so easy for me to manipulate these vapid clueless teenagers and now that I have my own personal army of impressionable young people, I'll have emotional validation for the rest of my life.
Twilight: Bro, these kids right here are more mature than you are. Listen up you dumb whore, becoming an adult is not about a number. It doesn't magically happen when you reach a certain age. It happens when you stop being a selfish tool and realize there are more important things in this world than your stupid little feelings. I'm fucking terrified of being a princess, but I'm just going to fucking do it because the world doesn't revolve around my emotions. You get what I'm saying?
- After Big Mac and Feather Bangs' failed attempts at wooing her end in disaster, Sugar Belle really tears into them.Sugar Belle: Hey! Country Freestyle is not a fucking genre, you yokel piece of shit! And you! You Justin Bieber-ass motherfucker, you must be a fucking pedophile, because no girl over fourteen would want to fuck you after hearing that shit! Now both of you, fuck off!
- Limestone gives one to Pinkie in the recap of "The Maud Couple" over how Pinkie's been acting after finding out Maud had a boyfriend.Limestone: [This rock] might look like a regular rock, but all you've got to do to find the hidden gem inside is crack it open and go fuck yourself. Do not fuck this up for Maud. Do you hear me? You know how miserable she's been, and if this guy makes her happy, you fucking put up with it because she's your family! Act like a fucking adult and think about someone else's feelings for once! [...] All you do is think about the idea of caring about other people's feelings, and then use the self-esteem that gives you as a coping mechanism for your own depression. As soon as the situation demands some actual sacrifice from you, look at what you do; you throw a fit and run away. [...] Sometimes, you just gotta shut your fucking mouth, put on a smile, and put up with some shit forever. That's what sacrifice is.
- Starlight manages to combine one of these with An Aesop in "A Matter of Principals". She apologizes to Discord for her behavior, but frames it as stooping to Discord's level, outright calling him a pathetic loser. She ends up comparing him to a bratty child who throws a tantrum just for the sake of getting a beating from his parents, because the child thinks negative attention is better than no attention at all.
- Maud gives one to the sleazy guy who conned her sister out her cannon:
- Retroactive Wish: Done by Gallus in "School Raze" while on a school trip to Cloudsdale.Gallus: Come on, Yona, it's not like you're gonna fall or anything...
[Yona falls through the clouds]
Gallus: Yeah, and it's not like Professor Dash is gonna suck me off right now or anything...
[beat as Rainbow Dash looks puzzled]
Gallus: Don't be mad, I had to try it.
- Rousing Speech: Played for Laughs in "Hard to Say Anything", when DWK makes one towards Big Mac for trying to get laid of all things.DWK: You cannot... no, you MUST not fuck this up! Because if you do, we are all of us damned!
- Scary Black Man: This seems to be Torch the (former) Dragon Lord's character.Torch: Did I say you could leave, nigga?
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: In "A Matter Of Principals" Starlight uses her goverment connections to get Trixie out of prison.
- Self-Deprecation: The Narrator pokes fun at himself and the brony community, almost as much as he does the actual show, either through captions appearing over the footage or outright stating it:
- He repeatedly tells himself to shut up through captions after he goes on a long tangent.
- This exchange:Fluttershy: Alright motherfucker you're coming with me and you're getting a job.
Zephyr Breeze: Dude, I don't need a job! My mane therapy YouTube channel is totally taking off. I've almost got a hundred subscribers and my Patreon—
Fluttershy: You're getting a fucking job.
- The ending of "The Cart Before the Ponies" has the Aesop: when adults hijack something that was meant for kids, they ruin it.
- At one point, he compares himself to a hobo playing a guitar on the street for booze money to help forget about their pathetic lives.
- He also bemoans whenever he puts a surprising amount of thought into a franchise focusing on magical ponies.
- In the Rainbow Rocks recap, Brad implies DWK has a really small dick. The same recap also references the Broken Base surrounding the first movie before saying only "fat adults" hated the film while kids loved it.
- In the "School Raze Part 1" recap, Sandbar tries to explain the situation to Apple Bloom, but she shuts him up because "nobody wants to listen to an episode recap".
- Serious Business: Acting Out of Character is treated as such, as it could lead to Flanderization and eventually becoming a boring character.
- Sex for Services:
- Played for laughs, when Starlight offers Sunburst (who's still a virgin) sex to get out of having to tell him what she's been doing with her life.
- In the opening to Rainbow Rocks, the Dazzlings are debating doing this to improve their lives, until an opportunity to restore their power without prostitution suddenly arises.
- Sex Is Evil, and I Am Horny: Chancellor Neighsay is helplessly attracted to dragons, but tries to very awkwardly deny it. It's part of the reason he wants to kick out non-pony races from the school: so those "filthy dragons" don't tempt him.
- Shapeshifting Squick: Spike takes advantage of being a dog during his stay in the human world as an excuse to finally lick his own balls. Twilight is appropriately disgusted by the idea.
- Shut Up, Kirk!: At the end of Equestria Girls, Twilight tries to come to an understanding with Sunset and end the situation peacefully, telling Sunset that she needs to grow up, only for Sunset to tell Twilight to go fuck herself. Big mistake.Twilight: Alright, I tried. Let's fucking smash her.
- Silly Rabbit, Cynicism Is for Losers!: A lot of the Alternate Aesop Interpretations from DWK come off this way, especially in regards to growing up and being an adult. Even a few cynical characters who deliver An Aesop often preach the message that stewing in your unhappiness isn't going to make anything better, and since we're all going to die anyway, we may as well enjoy the time we have.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: The entire cast swear like a bunch of sailors.
- Spoof Aesop:
- "No Second Prances" has the aesop "If you act crazy enough, you'll totally get laid."
- Another episode has the aesop "Sometimes you shouldn't always listen to your elders, as they may be full of shit."
- Stating the Simple Solution:
- In Equestria Girls, Spike repeatedly points out that it would much simpler to just steal the crown from Principal Celestia instead of risking everything on a popularity contest. Spike even insists it wouldn't be stealing in Twilight's case, since the crown is hers. He points this out to both Twilight and Sunset Shimmer, but neither of them listen. Twilight points out that doing it this way gives her a chance to help the people of the EG universe, but Sunset Shimmer doesn't offer a reason why, calling Spike's suggestion "uncalled for".
- In "The Mean 6", Mean Twilight points out that Chrysalis's plan is stupid, and says that if Chrysalis really wants revenge, she should just kill Starlight. Chrysalis rejects it because she wants to do things like a Card-Carrying Villain.
- In Rainbow Rocks:
- Sunset suggests telling everyone's parents or the police what's going on. Apparently, parents and police don't exist in this universe, but Rainbow tells Sunset to just ignore it.
- Later, Fluttershy suggests just killing the Sirens, preferably with a school shooting.
- In "Sparkle's Seven", Twilight wants tendies for all of her "good boy" points, but can't cash them in because Shining Armor has the "Best Sibling" crown. Applejack suggests that Twilight just buy some tendies herself, but Twilight refuses because "they're only good if Mommy makes them".
- The Stoner:
- The Narrator claims to be one, and also Tree Hugger by association since he uses her to represent himself. During his drunk rambling on Sunset Shimmer, the narrator can be audibly heard lighting a bong.
- Sandalwood is accused of being one by Vice-Principal Luna, because his eyes were red and he was tired when he got to school. But he wasn't high that day; he was tired because he was up all night doing his homework, "like he was fuckin' supposed to". The way DWK phrases this rant, it's clear he's working through a few things here.
- Stoners Are Funny: DWK invokes this in regards to his narration. Defied in the show though in regards to Fleetfoot and EG Vinyl Scratch.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial:
- Twilight claims that being an alicorn princess doesn't make her better or more important than the others... despite nopony bringing that up.
- In Equestria Girls, Spike goes on a tangent about Hasbro's poor decisions towards making the dolls, that could have been much better, to which the narrator claims are totally Spike's opinions and he personally doesn't like dolls. Later, after Spike brings up the Monster High dolls and series Equestria Girls was allegedly made to compete with, he even calls Spike gay for watching something "I would NEVER watch...".
- In Rainbow Rocks, DWK specifically states that he wasn't eagerly waiting for the sequel to the first movie or that the Rainbooms' first song makes him tear up every time, after a year of waiting in a broken chaotic existence for one of the few things that gives him solace. Simply not the case.
- Take That!:
- Celestia describes the girl's toy aisle as an unholy land, where friendship means nothing and only money matters.
- The Narrator repeatedly criticizes Equestria Girls not because Hasbro decided to do the project, but because they could have put a lot more effort into making dolls of the same quality as their Monster High competition.
- "If just talking things out was a viable plot option, the teen-drama genre would just disappear into thin air."
- The Humane Five make fun of "Brad" (Flash Sentry) in his first scene in the sequel and even tell Sunset that while they can get over the whole turning into a demon thing, they will give her crap for dating him.
- Also from Rainbow Rocks:Adagio: Aria, if you can figure out a way to absorb negative energy through the Internet, we can take over the entire fucking multiverse in a day.
- The second part of Rainbow Rocks has the girls playing "Nookie" by Limp Bizkit, with Spike calling it "shit." Rainbow Dash says that rap rock is just a genre that works when it's done well; Applejack counters that rap rock is never done well, and that playing it at the Battle of the Bands will give everyone AIDS.
- Take That, Scrappy!: In the recap for "A Matter of Principals", when Starlight blasts Discord with a magic beam, the narrative changes this to Starlight killing Discord. This immediately makes DWK declare it his favorite episode of the season.
- Team Mom: The narrator ultimately decides that instead of the all-powerful and infinitely wise god empress she was originally thought to be, Celestia is more of a mother figure to all of Equestria, as in she's been around the longest and although sometimes it seems like she's full of it and not always right, you should probably just listen to her.
- Tempting Fate:
- In "Gauntlet of Fire", Luna expresses enjoyment while having tea with Twilight, believing nothing could possibly interrupt their meeting...
- In "Flutter Brutter", Fluttershy and her family began the episode discussing how great their lives are going; Fluttershy's father has just retired and her parents can spend their golden years together, Fluttershy is a hero who spends her time with royalty alongside her best friend Rainbow Dash, who is like a member of their family, and absolutely nothing can ruin it... Cue her slacker younger brother Zephyr Breeze barging in to continue mooching off their parents.
- When Twilight starts to worry about if she really wants the responsibility of being a princess, in Equestria Girls, Spike tells her to just deal with it, because it's not like she can just go back to being a teenager.
- This Is the Part Where...: "The Crystalling - Part 1" ends with the others expecting Twilight to quickly fix everything. She explains that she can't.
- This Loser Is You: Constantly lampshaded by the narrator, whenever something in the show could be be interpreted this way, with a dose of Self-Deprecation on the side.
- Through the Eyes of Madness: Well more like through the ears of madness in the case of Rarity, who heavily implies the harp motif that often plays while she's talking, is actually a figment of her imagination.
- Token Good Teammate: In Rainbow Rocks, Sonata Dusk is much less abrasive than Aria or Adagio. While Sonata doesn't mind stealing negative energy, she thinks the other Sirens are going too far. This eventually culminates with Sonata blowing up all of the Sirens onstage with a huge bomb.
- Too Dumb to Live: Rainbow Dash comes across as this several times during "Newbie Dash". Her friends tell her the obvious solution, and she does pretty much the exact opposite.
- Too Much Information: Maud Pie's descriptions of her and Boulder's... relationship.
- Toxic Friend Influence:
- While well-meaning, it is blatantly obvious that Rainbow Dash is a terrible influence on Scootaloo.Rainbow: Alright! Come on Scoot's, it's margarita time.
Scootaloo: Bro. I'm twelve.
Rainbow: Don't worry about it, they've got the little ones.
Scootaloo: Dude. I woke up in a urinal three days ago and I'm positive it's your fault.
- This is even lampshaded in "Parental Glideance", where Rainbow Dash tries to use the whole "I'm the one that should be teaching you line.", only for Scoots to immediately call bull-crap on that, saying that line may work for the other members of the CMC and their sisters, but it does not for their relationship.
- While well-meaning, it is blatantly obvious that Rainbow Dash is a terrible influence on Scootaloo.
- Trademark Favorite Food: For some reason, all of the characters love chicken tenders, a.k.a. "tendies". In the recap of "Sparkle's Seven", Twilight almost has a psychotic breakdown when she reveals that she lost all her "good boy points" when she moved out of her parents' house, and hasn't had any tendies in ten years. In the same scene, Twilight also says that chicken nuggets ("nuggies") are for losers.
- Transparent Closet:
- Spike and Ember both accuse Garble of being this in "Gauntlet of Fire".
- DWK also accuses Starlight of trying to act straight when it's clear she's not.
- Applejack has her moments, but "Going to Seed" turns it into a running gag.
- Princess Ember is a stereotypical tsundere, who "totally doesn't want Spike's nuts" and calls him baka, yet still follows him around and gives him romantic gazes.
- Also, Adagio tells Aria to act this way to be a better waifu.
- The Un-Reveal: DWK has said he will "never, ever, ever, EVER" do a face-reveal video as long as the possibility exists that he will someday have to get a real job. Also because he doesn't want to.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Despite their relationship being dysfunctional at best, the Mane Six are still friends at least to some extent.
- Vocal Dissonance: Since our narrator is male, saying all of a mostly female cast's lines, this is inevitable. Also, aside from Maud Pie (for whom he uses a relatively high-pitched monotone) and Flurry Heart (who is given a deep, demonic voice), he uses the exact same gravelly voice for every character regardless of how high or low their real voice is. This can become problematic in scenes with multiple characters on screen with no clear visual clues, on who is talking.
- What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: DWK points out that the Dazzlings' manipulation incorporates some very suggestive dancing, maybe a little inappropriate for the target audience.
- What the Hell, Hero?:
- DWK gives a one to Applejack, Rainbow Dash, and Rarity in "The Cart Before the Ponies" for selfishly using their sisters' projects as an excuse to have to have a race for their own selfish reasons.DWK: OK, you just lived through a twenty-car fucking pile-up and you're mad that your carts are wrecked! You all could have died! It's a fucking miracle no-one broke a leg or some shit! What if one of the CMC got their spine shattered and ended up a quadriplegic for the rest of their life?! Would that get your fucking attention? Hahaha, Scootaloo can't fly; wouldn't it be funny if she couldn't fucking walk either?! You're all irresponsible self-centered narcissistic jackasses and because of that, I have never related to you more
- Rainbow Dash gives one to the rest of Ponyville, after they try to teach her a lesson, by tricking her into thinking she turned everyone she cared about into zombies.Rainbow: What the dick-licking fuck is wrong with you guys?! Why would you do this to me?!
Applejack: Well, you were being a massive tool, so we decided to give you a taste of your own medicine. Simple as that.
Rainbow: No! Fuck you man! Ok, I'll admit that maybe I got a little carried away, but you just made me think I killed everyone I ever cared about.
- In "A Health of Information", Fluttershy tells off Twilight for not taking Zecora's life threatening illness seriously and even insisting they rest when their friend's life is on the line. Turns out, Twilight just didn't know Zecora's illness was as serious as it was, before Fluttershy told her and immediately quits complaining and saves Zecora, after finding out.
- In the second part of the Rainbow Rocks recap, DWK gives one to Twilight on her apparent hypocrisy over telling Sunset to be a better person, then not trusting Sunset when she makes efforts to be a better person.
- DWK gives a one to Applejack, Rainbow Dash, and Rarity in "The Cart Before the Ponies" for selfishly using their sisters' projects as an excuse to have to have a race for their own selfish reasons.
- Working-Class People Are Morons: Applejack is extremely poor and so Book Dumb that Twilight is shocked that she even knows how to write.
- World of Jerkass: If a character doesn't swear, drink, do drugs, make sexual comments, or smoke, there's something wrong.
- Worth Living For: Invoked by Apple Bloom and Sweetie Belle in "Parental Glideance", while trying to convince Scootaloo to back out of a particularly dangerous stunt, she claims she has nothing to lose, do to having no family to miss her and already being physically impaired, only for her friends to point out that they would be upset if she got hurt. Unfortunately it's already too late to stop when she starts reconsidering things, but fortunately she still makes it out OK.
- Trixie towards Starlight.
- And Starlight towards Sunburst, as she threatens to cut his balls off if he doesn't hang out with her again.
- You Need to Get Laid: In "The Parent Map", Stellar Flare tries to get Sunburst to lose his virginity by having three available mares (very poorly) act interested in him.